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CSPAN
Nov 25, 2013 12:00am EST
they thought it was a huge political gaffe. did president on obama and his team considered dropping vice president biden? well, read the book and see how far that discussion went. what was behind the clint eastwood disaster at the republican national convention? [laughter] we have this older man on stage, prime-time without a script. what could possibly go wrong? [laughter] well, what was going on in the background, you have to read the book to find out. you know i asked john heileman backstage, how do you get people to talk? it's amazing. i have read both books and my wife who has read the books as well, how do you get people the savings things? it's amazing to me. an amazing book and you guys are obviously going to want to read it or have read it. ladies and gentlemen it's my pleasure and really a privilege to introduce mark halperin and john heileman. [applause] >> jp thank you for that gracious and kind introduction. you read it just like we wrote it so we appreciate that. [laughter] we are gratified and excited and thrilled to be here in miami. we have been on tour for the past two
CSPAN
Nov 25, 2013 1:00am EST
election and this year dan wrote the book "collision 2012" obama versus romney and the future of elections in america. "collision 2012" provides incredibly detailed rich insights into both the election campaign and makes for fascinating reading. in 2011, dan received the white house correspondents association smith award for writing about the presidency and the national press club award for political analysis. dan is a regular panelist on tbs's "washington week" in "msnbc"'s daily rundown and a frequent guest on other public affairs shows. please join me in welcoming george, jeremy and dan. [applause] thank you. >> so we are going to do a little curly, moe and what's the other guys named? a routine up here, larry and hopefully quite soon we can turn it over to you and get it going both ways. the year 2008 came up in each of the introductions and it was then that i began to think about it look would try to understand what happened that year with these huge pillars of american economy and our society collapsing from auto may curse to tanks to the housing market, commercial investment banks a
CSPAN
Nov 23, 2013 11:00pm EST
. valerie and david axlerod are obama's two key advisers, one a campaign manager, and the other manages everything else. barack obama, valerie, david all were born into the same communist left that i was, all trained in the communist left, all graduated to the new left which was formed by red diaper babies like myself with the same political agendas, and they've never left it, and how do i know that? because i'm someone who did leave. now, i will tell you, if you are part of a movement that you come to understand it is deceitful when you get out, you repudiate it and warn other people about it, and they, of course, haven't. this is a mentality, and you have to understand -- as i say, my parents call themselves progressives. leftists may be delusional, but they are not stupid. they understand that you don't telegraph your agendas because that turns people off. when i was young, stalin was alive, the slogan of the american communism party was -- it was not solve yet america dictatorship, take away the wealth, and distribute it to our friends. their slogan was peace, jobs, and democracy. t
CSPAN
Nov 25, 2013 4:00am EST
by president obama, suddenly it is a government takeover of health care by their definition and that's about the worst you can do. look, the affordable care is not perfect. i could not name a piece of legislation that would never pass in 200 years that's perfect. the founding fathers set up a first tee with the imperfections. it's called working together to solve problems. if there's a thick, thin me to be ironed out, glitches like fixing the website. obviously the website should work. the affordable care act as i described this afternoon is so much more than a website. it means so much more to millions of people. i'm ready. all of my colleagues on my side of the aisle are ready, willing and able to hammer out some of those problems that crop up. what we are not willing to do was repeal it and go backwards. [applause] >> is there any chance that congress will work together? specifically, i'm a lemonade in the salary cap on the fakir reductions. >> , federal reductions? >> fica for social security. >> you now, that concept is part of the broader discussion, which i hope we get to in congress
CSPAN
Nov 16, 2013 9:00pm EST
that is the age of barack obama. obama is interesting because she is not just a liberal liberal, as someone who doesn't care what you do as long as it is mandatory. [laughter] until thursday was a joke when jay carney tried to explain why the new health-insurance is taken away from new it is a good thing. [laughter] he actually said you can choose any health plan you want so long as it is the health plan the government is mandating which is the joke in real life so that exceeds irony but obama is not even a liberal he gave a speech to a joint speech he bid at the elections but then explained there was no need for the male and basically said i am here to change america. and did galactic history then followed with the revolution. and before he enacted all this made him a social democrat on the european model. very unusual. what is a social democrat? the famous in the dough after he loses the election the labor party leader churchill's leader of the opposition goes to the men's room of the house of commons standing alone in the house of commons. that is as good as it gets. [laughter] >> then he go
CSPAN
Nov 30, 2013 3:35pm EST
between two quite different personalities and people in president obama governor romney. if you think about where each of them came from, they could have been more different. >> host: was there a point when the winner of the collision could have been? >> guest: well you can argue a year out the president was very vulnerable. in large part to cut as it was not clear what was going to happen with the economy. as we played out the election to things. one, think of presidents camp and was more skillful and more effective both in the consistency and the shaping of its message and also just in the sort of its organization and get out the vote operation in many of the things they did with technology. having said that, i think by the end of the campaign the deck was fairly well stacked against romney. it would have been a very heavy lift for him to be able to defeat the president in the end. >> host: was a significant that barack obama didn't get as many votes in 2012 as he got in 2000 a? >> guest: very significant. you have to go back to the 19th century to find a president who was reelected
CSPAN
Nov 29, 2013 12:00pm EST
book "bullies" you write president obama was elected at least in part because he was black. it was a positive many americans believe that if they needed to elect the first black president to move beyond issues of race once and for all. instead they got a champion bully masquerading as a racial unifier. what do you mean? >> guest: president obama came into office on this great wave of american approval but said he's going to unify the country along racial lines. instead what happened is that the president has really suggested in the multiple ways he's not only the continuation of american racism, but that is one of the most serious problems still facing the country. we see it manifest in everything from the george zimmerman trial to focus on voter id card to paint voter id as a racist thing and caution voter fraud. the question on the motivation of the american people at least his opponents is something president obama likes to do on a frequent basis and it pays tremendous dividends and the only sector of the racial population that showed up in larger numbers than the previo
CSPAN
Nov 18, 2013 4:00am EST
into that fight. finally the last half of the decade of equal fascination that is the age of barack obama. obama is interesting because she is not just a liberal liberal, as someone who doesn't care what you do as long as it is mandatory. [laughter] until thursday was a joke when jay carney tried to explain why the new health-insurance is taken away from new it is a good thing. [laughter] he actually said you can choose any health plan you want so long as it is the health plan the government is mandating which is the joke in real life so that exceeds irony but obama is not even a liberal he gave a speech to a joint speech he bid at the elections but then explained there was no need for the male and basically said i am here to change america. and did galactic history then followed with the revolution. and before he enacted all this made him a social democrat on the european model. very unusual. what is a social democrat? the famous in the dough after he loses the election the labor party leader churchill's leader of the opposition goes to the men's room of the house of commons standing alone in t
CSPAN
Nov 24, 2013 10:30am EST
because they thought it was a real huge political gaffe. president obama and his team, did they consider dropping vice president biden? well, read the book and see how far that discussion went. [laughter] what was behind the clint eastwood disaster at the republican national convention? [laughter] you have this older man on stage in prime time without a script. what can possibly go wrong? [laughter] well, what was going on in the background you have to read the book to find out. [laughter] you know, i asked john heilemann backstage, you know, how do you get people to talk? i mean, it's amazing as you -- i've read both books, and my wife who's in the front here has read the books as well -- can how do you get people to say these things? it's amazing to me. but amazing book. i hope, you know, you guys are here, obviously, you're going to want to read it or have read it. ladies and gentlemen, it's my pleasure, really a privilege to introduce mark halperin and john heilemann. [applause] >> jp, thank you for that gracious and kind introduction. you read it just like we wrote it, so we appreci
CSPAN
Nov 17, 2013 4:45am EST
, and that is president barack obama. you have had dinner with president obama several times, as a group of historians summoned to talk with him. you have an impression on him? compare kennedy and obama in terms of leadership style and temperment. >> first off, i would say that if it weren't for kennedy i don't know that obama ever would have made it to the white house. because kennedy broke the hold of the protestant -- white protestant male on the office and opened the idea it could be a much broader group that can think about running for the office, and when we see a woman as president in the not too distant future -- not lobbying for anybody now -- >> nonpartisan -- >> that's why i said that. and -- but we will see a woman, and at some point we may see an asian american, hispanic, but i think obama's presence there can be traced back to kennedy. and obama's quite interested in kennedy and interested in the history of the presidency. we have had four dinners with him, and at the first dinner he wanted to talk about how other presidents had achieved their transformative presidency. roosevelt, woodro
CSPAN
Nov 17, 2013 10:00pm EST
.k. the wealth of nations. to president obama tweet being about his favorite dessert or newest pop song. if there is both of those things in this wonderful book but it is a very serious work. presidents since andrew jackson have been popular figures their popularity has been the most important source of their political power steve politician offical any time in america and their relationship to popular culture has been deep in has changed in fundamental ways and that is tevi troy subject. a fellow at the hudson institute is familiar with presidents and the white house during the of ministration during george w. bush was assistant secretary of labor at the labor leaders on for the president with the senior delegation to security and cooperation to the reelection campaign of 2004 then through 2008 he was deputy secretary of health and human services. philosophers, adjusters or technicians. he is a prolific author to be a intellectual with reason "national review" "the weekly standard" the city journal and washingtonian magazine. where he writes about the presidency as you might expect of
CSPAN
Nov 11, 2013 7:00am EST
on capitol hill. none. somebody said make one at least and he'll tell you what's going on. [laughter] obama is pretty much like harder that way. is not the guy who wants to hang out with the boys. he spotted a great father, great has been but he's not a regular guy. common over and we'll have some drinks and we'l will play cardsd we'll talk about the hill. he says things like, i would be glad to meet at the jefferson hotel again. with a set number of people and how of course leave at 9:15. that's the way does. if you want to meet somebody, if one does somebody go to your house, you invite him over to your house. it's a different statement. when they come over to your house they get to decide when to leave. you meet at a restaurant, you can leave. earnest anyway had that trick when he was riding and he did want to be bothered using lets me down at the bar. then he said i have to get back to my writing but it's over in 20 minutes. roosevelt, i think the greatest president in the 20th century, maybe reagan, given where we are, a reasonable argument that roosevelt played poker all the time with
CSPAN
Nov 23, 2013 8:00am EST
read, ike watched and obama tweeted: 200 years of popular culture this the white house." with a title like that, you might expect that the book is a parade of ton and entertaining stories about presidents' idiosyncratic tastes in reading, theater, music, sports, movies, tv, or maybe it's more than that, maybe it's a study of decline -- [laughter] from adams and jefferson reading cicero in latin and the current bestseller over from the u.k., "the wealth of nations" to president obama tweeting about his favorite dessert or newest pop song. well, there's a little of both of that, both of those things in this wonderful book, but it is a very serious, it is a very serious work. our presidents since andrew jack son have been popular figures. their popularity has been the most important source of tear political power. -- of their political power. they're the only national popularly-elected politician, official at any given time in america, and their relationship to popular culture has been deep, and it has changed in fundamental ways over the decades and centuries. and that, above all, is te
CSPAN
Nov 26, 2013 12:00pm EST
difficult questions are postponed until the final stage of the negotiations and the obama administration already has made major concessions that will reduce the prospect for getting an acceptable and permanent arrangement. the deal is a flawed agreement to risk reducing the sanctions, pressure on iran over the next six months in return for the easily reversible pledges some of which air on has already given but has reneged on. it requires them to curb some but not all of its activities in return for what the administration estimates is about six to $7 billion of sanctions relief over the next six months. the danger is easing the sanctions as a part of an interim deal will diminish the pressure on iran, underlined the u.s. leverage and reduce the chance of getting a good agreement at the end. significantly, iran is not required to comply with the un security council resolutions that called for the halt in the uranium enrichment and that essentially rewards iran for bad behavior. instead, air on this continuing the fight present levels for its nuclear power reactor despite the fact that ru
CSPAN
Nov 28, 2013 6:00am EST
book, "what jefferson read, ike watched and obama tweeted: 200 years of popular culture this the white house." with a title like that, you might expect that the book is a parade of ton and entertaining stories about presidents' idiosyncratic tastes in reading, theater, music, sports, movies, tv, or maybe it's more than that, maybe it's a study of decline -- [laughter] from adams and jefferson reading cicero in latin and the current bestseller over from the u.k., "the wealth of nations" to president obama tweeting about his favorite dessert or newest pop song. well, there's a little of both of that, both of those things in this wonderful book, but it is a very serious, it is a very serious work. our presidents since andrew jack son have been popular figures. their popularity has been the most important source of tear political power. -- of their political power. they're the only national popularly-elected politician, official at any given time in america, and their relationship to popular culture has been deep, and it has changed in fundamental ways over the decades and centuries. and t
CSPAN
Nov 1, 2013 6:00pm EDT
, but it's mainly after the obama administration to make the case to congress that has to agree in large measure. a similar case pertains in iraq. whether the great can be removed as the bogeyman is a pertinent question. we'll see. we'll see and i'm one of those who believe that not only our dreams possible, but i think that our president and the leaders of our country are wise enough and experienced enough to seize the opportunity. thank you. [applause] >> thank you very much, ambassador miller. our next speaker to answer the question, dr. patrick clawson. from the washington institute. [applause] >> ambassador -- i hope is quite correct. but what i thought i would do is discuss a different topic. and that is some of the barriers that may remain to a close working relationship between the iranian and american governments in the event that there is a nuclear agreement. and it's useful for us to recall that there are a wide range of other issues on which the two governments differ. and to take one very obvious example, the united states government has now for 30 years listed the arabian g
CSPAN
Nov 13, 2013 5:00pm EST
. since the auto rescue and the aggressive trade enforcement from president obama, he's been more aggressive on trade enforcement through the commerce department and through the international trading commission than any -- international trade commission than any of his predecessors in either party. but since 2010 we've seen a beginning of growth coming back in manufacturing. not nearly making up anything close to the five million jobs lost or the 60,000 plants closed but the importance of manufacturing and not just because it's in my state and my state is number three in the country in production, in manufacturing, only texas twice our population and california, three times our population, make more than we do. but the importance of manufacturing is the multiplier effect more than any other industry in our country. manufacturing for every dollar spent in manufacturing, $1.48 is spent in the economy. the wind turbine supply chain or the chemical supply chain or anything we manufacturing in this country. now, the -- but what's holding us back is this, we never consciously follow thi
CSPAN
Nov 14, 2013 1:00pm EST
obama departs the white house shortly, heading to cleveland. he will be speaking about the economy. visiting a steel manufacturing company in cleveland. then off to philadelphia for some fundraising, democratic fundraising. francis is in philadelphia on our republican line. what do you think about what the president said? >> caller: i'm curious about the reporting, using the words, the president will allow." the president can't allow anything. he is not a dictator, and the insurance commissioners and the insurance companies still have a lot to say about this, and it's obvious what this is. it's an attempt to placate the people who have lost their insurance until the 2014 election, and that question was not asked. that's my thoughts. >> we'll show you the news conference later in our program schedule. here's "the wall street journal" wawrnl headline. i. i white house to allow insurers to continue cancelled health plans, and they write that president obama said it to that insurers will be able to continue health insurance coverage next year for current policyholders that otherwise wo
CSPAN
Nov 13, 2013 11:00am EST
guarantees have been disregarded. president obama, both before and after his signature legislation, now called obamacare, passed, promised all americans that they could keep their health insurance plans if they liked those plans. it was a promise repeated over and over again. for many americans, it was the sole reason why they supported the affordable care act, or so-called affordable care act. but the president's guarantee, announced publicly by him several times, simply was not true. in recent months, millions of americans have received notification that their plans are being canceled because of the obamacare law, and reports indicate now that the white house has known this for over three years. that these cancellations were coming. so when the american people found out that the white house knew the bad news was coming all along, they were, to put it mildly, not happy. now, it's clear even some of those who voted for obamacare and continued to support it are now agreeing with a majority of americans that the president's health care law simply is not workining. one such member has floa
CSPAN
Nov 13, 2013 1:00am EST
president obama's promise, he did not do it. it is hard work to take the engine out of a car and grind it down and repair it. it is hard work, it is boring work. that not the kind of thing gets you elected. president obama's own campaign people argued a couple weeks ago that this issue of improving government management did not cost them a vote in 2012. that is right. but the fact that obama's people are saying it does not really matter to the electorate does not justify the lack of attention. the president is responsible under the constitution for executing every law faithfully. that means pulling a government that works. a government that works. president obama could have a wonderful achievement if he would pay attention over the next two years to the reform of the federal bureaucratic system. boring, absolutely. important, absolutely. it would be a real legacy if he did. host: paul light >> well, let me just give you all an overview of the briefings we've done and to the degree i know we're going to do. prior to this trip, secretary kerry had two briefings with senate leadership on
CSPAN
Nov 21, 2013 10:00am EST
trigger the quote nuclear option today to win confirmation of three of president obama's judicial nominees. he writes that sources say he could use a tactic known as the nuclear option to change the senate rules with a majority vote. we do expect to hear from the majority leader. he is at his seat. live coverage now here on c-span2. the chaplain, retired admiral barry black, will lead the senate in prayer. the chaplain: let us pray. eternal lord god, the giver of every good and perfect gift, during this thanksgiving season, we lift grateful hearts to you in prayer. thank you for the splash of raindrops, for the warmth of sunshine, for the melody of the moonlight, and for the stars that hang like scintillating lanterns in the night. lord, we're grateful for strength to meet life's challenges, for the fulfillment of honorable labor, for friendships that dispel loneliness, for the laughter of children, and for the joy of the harvest. we praise you for the privilege to receive your forgiveness and to make operative your redeeming grace in our thoughts, desires and hopes. we also express grat
CSPAN
Nov 21, 2013 4:00pm EST
this hypocrisy is not confined to members of the senate. senator barack obama, former member of this body, on april 1, 2005, i note for the benefit especially our newer members on the democrat side who who were t here at the time and don't know what we went through to try and stop it when it was being proposed by this side of the aisle, then-senator barack obama said who congratulated the senate today on their action. he said -- quote -- "the american people sent us here to be their voice. they understand that those voices can at times become lewd and argumentative, but they also hope we can disagree without being disagreeable." and then senator barack obama on april 1, 2005, went on to say -- "what they don't expect is for one party, be it republican or democrat, to change the rules in the middle of the game so that they can make all the decisions while the other party is told to sit down and keep quiet." i ask my colleagues, what were we just told to do today? he went on to say -- "the american people want less partisanship in this town, but everyone in this chamber knows that the majo
CSPAN
Nov 30, 2013 10:15am EST
in 2020 saving seniors $300 a year in drug costs. a year after president obama sine die affordable care act into law i spoke at the democratic club, one of the largest democratic club in florida whose membership is largely made of senior citizens who live in my congressional district. when i finished and began taking questions a woman i had known for 23 years who i had never thought of as struggling to make ends meet rose to make a statement. she said thanks to obamacare i don't have to ask the pharmacist to score my pills anymore. i used to do that so they would last longer but because the doughnut hole is closing i can afford my prescriptions now. was an eye opening moment because i use that story generally as an example of arguing for the affordable correct package. i stood in line behind seniors at the pharmacy who cannot afford to pay for their prescriptions so they had to decide which to fill in which to leave. here was a woman i knew well directly benefited from closure of the medicare prescription drug coverage gap. more clear to me than ever before that obamacare and safety net
CSPAN
Nov 15, 2013 7:00pm EST
in three years of the obama administration is to get that to over a half-million acres to more than double that number so we are committed to doing that. [applause] this time last year we heard from you that we need to take steps to lessen the damage of the supreme court's hatch act so i'm pleased to announce my colleagues in indian affairs have issued a final rule to do just that. they issued it yesterday and that will help with greater transparency to make sure that lands will be taken into trust for housing schools and businesses that we want to continue to work with you to ask things like that. next the land buy-back program and the historic cobell. we want to implement that in a smart and flexible way. we have been listening to you. you want predictability and transparency on the timing and implementation efforts and we announce we are expanding the implementimplement ation strategy so more tribes can participate. we know there is time sensitivity to this and we want to work with you to get that fully implemented because we no cobell is really important to write some of the wrongs of
CSPAN
Nov 11, 2013 12:00am EST
. this is extremely frustrating. we saw the obama administration with the secretary of state that she confronts the pakistan neece to say to the leadership behind the closed doors that why are you putting articles in the newspaper if you know, you fuel this anti-american sentiment? people are miffed because their efforts to push for the bill provided several billion of u.s. civilian assistance over a period of five years that was a huge deal. as soon as it was passed you had a great deal of criticism coming from the pakistan military because they were not happy the military aid would be conditioned if so it is counter intuitive. >> guest: this is the word and misunderstanding in the title of my book called "magnificent delusions" pakistan, the united states, and an epic history of misunderstanding" and the americans took too many things at face value. revelations looking at papers of the former presidential library or the state department. >> you were in a lot of these meetings. >> but i went after these because officials would say things that know they are not true they had a different narrat
CSPAN
Nov 21, 2013 2:00pm EST
the filibuster to keep president obama's appointees from gaining their seats. well, let's look at the history from the congressional research service. so how many supreme court nominees have ever been failed to be seated because of a failed cloture vote? that's a filibuster. the answer's zero in the history of the senate. not just president obama but the history of the senate. someone might point to the abe fortes case when president johnson in the 1960's engineered a 46-47 cloture vote, so in johnson's words abe fortes could hold his head up, but in fact the filibuster has never been used to deny the supreme court justice his or her seat. how many cabinet members of president obama have been denied their seat by a filibuster? zero, madam president. this is the congressional research service. now the majority leader said well what about secretary hagel, the distinguished defense secretary? he had to said 34 days to be confirmed. why shouldn't he wait 34 days to be confirmed ?s every? he was confirmed shortly after his name was reported here. we had a perfectly adequate secretary of defense si
CSPAN
Nov 21, 2013 6:00pm EST
obama is deeply committed to leaving our world more stable, more secure, more free and more prosperous for generations to come. those of you who are students here today are uniquely poised to seize the transformative potential of tomorrow across our rapidly changing world. and nowhere are the challenges and the opportunities we face so great as in the asia-pacific region. two years ago in laying out his vision for america's role in the region, president obama said and i quote, asia will largely define whether the century ahead will be marked by conflict or cooperation. needless suffering or human progress. thus, rebalancing towards the asia-pacific remains a cornerstone of the obama administration's foreign-policy. no matter how many hotspots emerge elsewhere, we will continue to deepen our enduring commitment to this critical region. our friends in asia deserve and will continue to get our highest level attention. secretary of state john kerry has traveled to the region several times and will return again in just a few weeks. secretary of commerce bennie pritzker and u.s. trade repres
CSPAN
Nov 27, 2013 4:00pm EST
to president obama dennis ross took part in a panel discussion on the foreign policy challenges facing the president. among the topics of the recent agreement with iran on its nuclear program and efforts to begin peace negotiations in serious. hosted by the new america foundation, about one hour and 40 minutes. >> i run the national security program here. this is part of a series that we have done over the past couple of years with our partners, the center for the new america security and the american enterprise institute. it's the seventh in a series of programs we have been focusing on national security. we have an all-star team to talk about the coming challenges and opportunities for the obama administration in the next three years. they are ambassador dennis ross on your far left who is incredibly distinguished public service career focus back to the jimmy carter administration and he is the author of multiple books on the middle east. he said a senior policy roles on the middle east and the obama administration he was a the special advisor to hillary clinton. he is a counselor fo
CSPAN
Nov 9, 2013 10:00pm EST
that is extremely frustrating. i think we saw you know the obama administration when hillary clinton was secretary of state can you fight about this, that she confronts the pakistanis on this and says to the senior leadership behind closed door meetings that, why are you putting articles in the newspaper? we know that you are fueling this anti-american sentiment and she was particularly miffed because her efforts to push forward to carry the berman bill providing $7 billion in u.s. civilian assistance to pakistan over at period for which was a huge deal getting a bill like that pass through congress. as soon as it was passed, you had a great deal of criticism that seemed to be coming from the pakistani military isi circles because they weren't happy that the military aide was going to be conditioned. so what is this? >> guest: here's the thing. that is why the word misunderstanding in the title of my book. i call it "magnificent delusions" pakistan, the united states and an epic history of misunderstanding. the reason why i say that is the americans to too many things at face value. if there's a d
CSPAN
Nov 17, 2013 12:00pm EST
-american impulses of the society and this is something that is extremely frustrating. the obama administration, when hillary clinton was secretary of state, you write about this. but she confronts the pakistanis on this and says to the senior leadership in this behind closed door meeting that why would you put articles in the newspaper and she was particularly miffed. because her efforts to push forward and carry this bill provided 7 billion in u.s. civilian systems to pakistan over a period of five years, which is a huge deal getting abe been like this password as soon as it was passed past time you had a great deal of criticism that seem to be coming from the pakistani military circles because they were unhappy when military aid was one of the condition and so they were criticizing the whole package. so it's counterintuitive. >> yes, here is the thing. that is why the misunderstanding is so easy to come across. the reason i say that is the americans took it at face value. if there is a demonstration permit so yes, there could be people coming against us. there are many revelations in my book and i
CSPAN
Nov 18, 2013 2:00pm EST
. instead the republicans have blocked these nominees solely to deny president obama his constitutional right to appoint judges. in years past when republican colleagues agreed to block judicial nominees only in, quote, extraordinary circumstances, close quote. these are their words, not mine. in 2005 the senior senator from south carolina, senator lindsey graham, defined extraordinary circumstances for the benefit of this body. he being a highly qualified trial lawyer, i think he's qualified to respond and set this definition that we all agreed with. here's what he said -- quote -- "ideological attacks or not and extraordinary circumstance, to me would have to be a character problem, ethics problem, some allegation about the qualification of the person, not an ideological bent." no senator, i repeat, no senator's questioned the character, ethics or qualification of the three women, have already been rejected for the d.c. circuit. no one has questioned the character or qualifications of judge wilkins, so i'm frustrated that republicans will once again filibuster such a highly qualified
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Nov 16, 2013 6:00pm EST
, and nixon, forced to resign. obama will be just the 14th 14th president to serve eight years when he gets through his second term. but it's the second term curse. would we be sitting here talking in this way about kennedy if he had had a second term? ... i think kennedy would have struggled too in a second term. this is all sheer speculation but kennedy of course comes down to us now as it's an open book. you can write anything onto it you want because he was killed at the age of six, only 1000 days in the white house. he had a sense of the ironic. he would have seen the irony in the fact that his early death gave him this enduring hold on the public and it is fascinating to me because when kennedy was assassinated a popular president elected to a second term, 50 years after his death hardly anyone remembered who he was but here we are a couple weeks away from kennedy's 50th anniversary and i'm telling you i am inundated with requests from poland, from russia, from switzerland, from sweden, from denmark, american journalists and my dear departed mother used to say it's a case of crying wi
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Nov 18, 2013 3:00pm EST
argued that the senate should not confirm any of president obama's nominees for these vacancies, but where there are vacancies on the federal judiciary, it's the duty of the president to fill them. and it's the duty of the senate to advise and consent in an honest and professional way to the filling of these vacancies. the senate does not have the right to unilaterally determine that certain judicial seats and posts should never be filled by certain presidents. that's exactly what's happening today in the united states senate. today we're considering the nomination of judge robert wilkins to serve on the d.c. circuit. he currently serves aes a federal judge for the u.s. district court for the district of columbia. he was confirmed by the senate in 2010 by a voice vote, no controversy. 70 of my colleagues, including 28 republicans, were here for that confirmation. there's no question that judge wilkins has the experience, qualifications, and integrity to be an outstanding circuit court judge. he is a native of indiana, graduate of harvard law, worked for 11 years as public defend
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Nov 14, 2013 9:00pm EST
on c-span the white house 1202016 president obama announced thursday because of the new health care law. house speaker john boehner reacting to the announcement saying the "has absolutely no credibility on his promise. true to form it appears it's little more than a political response designed to shift blame rather than solve the problem. here are some of president obama's remarks. from their insurers they may be losing the plans often because they no longer meet the requirements to cover particularly after insurance assurances they heard from me if they had a plan they liked they could keep it. an to those americans, i hear you loud and clear. i said that i will do everything we can to fix this problem. today i'm offering an idea that will help do it. already, people who have plans that predate the affordable care act can keep those plans if they haven't changed. that was already in the law. that's what is called a grandfather clause included the law. today we extend the principle both to people whose plans have ch
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Nov 14, 2013 11:00pm EST
, thank you, this law is helpful and appreciated. god bless america, and thank you, president obama. the president's going to make an announcement that will paint a pallet forward for the relatively small number of americans, 4% who get their insurance in the individual market, some of which have had their plans canceled, but the solution with respect to the timing of enrollment, the solution is to fix the problem so that like in connecticut more people across this country can have access for the first time to affordable quality health care. thank you, mr. president, i yield the floor. >> senator from illinois. >> mr. president, i want to thank my colleague from connecticut, my colleague from california for coming to the floor. for the last hour, republican hours told a number of stories about individuals and the difficulties they run into with health insurance, and i don't dispute facts brought to the floor, but i dispute the characterization of what america faces in this point in time. i supported the affordable care act. i believe it the right thing to do, and i still believe it.
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Nov 29, 2013 2:00pm EST
have two quick questions. one is, do you think there is any possibility that obama will ever be impeached? number two, who do you see as two, who do you see has been successful for your choice as aa republican candidate in the next election for president? >> guest: as far as obama being impeached, he's not going to be and republicans should stop seeing resident obama as the root of all evil, he's the culmination of the 100 year growth of a government in a progressive movement that has slowly taken over the country. the first things conservative have to do is acknowledge that they lost. they keep pretending that they won. they didn't. we don't live in a capitalistic system we live in a corporate system. we don't live in a country that is fully socially conservative. we live in a country that is living on social issues. we understand that upheld at all that we have to fight and really centering on president obama as he is the bad guy. imagine her a moment that obama were impeached as so many conservatives seem to want. joe biden takes over. how is joe biden different than barac
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Nov 5, 2013 12:30am EST
of the senate finance committee and secretary sebelius and other obama officials won't talk about the research and the updates that should be completed by the end of the month. you can see that at 10:00 a.m. eastern on wednesday. >> you are watching c-span2 with politics and public affairs weekdays featuring live coverage of the u.s. senate and on weeknights, watch key items and the latest nonfiction authors and books on booktv. you can get our schedules are websites nuking join in the conversation on social media sites. >> our series on the affordable care act in conjunction with kaiser health news focuses on what is happening with the insurance plans that are being canceled. this is 45 minutes. >> on this segment of the "washington journal", we have been taking a look at the implementation of the four book act with the help of reporters from kaiser health news and julie appleby is back to discuss the reason why some individuals have seen their plans canceled by providers as a lot the law has gone into effect. it has become a hot topic and enjoy appleby has talked about the wall that kids hav
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Nov 5, 2013 10:30am EST
ever saw her, mr. president, was a few years ago. president barack obama was signing into law the repeal of don't ask, don't tell. and i was in the audience when that signing ceremony took place, and they called the name margarithe camemyer to lead us in the pledge of allegiance. it is the first time i had ever seen her. i remember that day also because there was a rabbi who gave an invocation and he said in this invocation that if you look into the eye of another and you don't see the face of god, at least see the face of another human being. how apropos that margarithe camemyer would give the pledge of allegiance and the rabbi that invocation because it calls into focus what is pending on the floor of the united states senate. you know, we waste too many hours and too many days and too many weeks on capitol hill with government shutdowns and threats of defaulting on our debt, but every once in a while this senate and this congress can rise to the challenge and do something of an historic nature. yesterday was one of those days because yesterday on the floor of the united sta
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Nov 7, 2013 6:30pm EST
, that only undermines his first goal. the opportunity here is under the obama administration, the price of wind has dropped by almost 50%. the price of solar has dropped more than 75%. so, we have a chance right now, to leapfrog over fossil fuels. not right away, and not entirely, but when all of these coal plants are coming off line, we can have a majority of the energy mix -- a super majority of the energy mix, come from solar, wind, and in aggressive renewable energy. that is starting to happen at the utility level, but it is not being pushed as much as it needs to at the federal level. there are a lot of great examples. the omaha power district in nebraska recently made a big investment in wind, so by 2017, they will be at 30% of their power coming from wind. a warren buffett subsidiary, mid-american energy, was considering building a nuclear power plant, backed away from that, and made the largest economic investment of any kind in the state of iowa's history, and by 2017, mid-america and iowa will be powered 39% by wind. we see in oklahoma, texas, colorado, minnesota, all of the s
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Nov 14, 2013 11:00am EST
party and i'm thoroughly ashamed of all the attempts to defund president obama's health care act. already my medical costs have dropped due to early provisions of the act, and if it passes and becomes law, it appears i'll save $6,000 a year on my premiums, health insurance premiums. i realize that not everyone shares my enthusiasm for the health care bill, but i want to make two comments. when the act is broken down into its component parts, polls consistently show that american people agree with the program. secondly, all i'm asking is that we give it a fair trial, give it a fair chance, say, two years. of course it will need tweaking and revising. but if it doesn't work, then we can repeal it after two years. quite frankly, obstructionists are a public embarrassment to those of us who grew up with a different republican party that cared about people and was not madly trying to exclude as many as possible through hateful bigotry and racism. this is too important to let it fail. i stand with the president and the democrats on this issue and hope that you'll do everything in your
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Nov 15, 2013 3:00am EST
that their policy didn't meet obama's requirement because of maternity coverage and they had aide have to choose a policy from the exchaifntle" remember, she's had a hysterectomy. she doesn't want or need or ever going to use maternity coverage. her insurance company quoted her rates to about $1,600 a month. they're now paying $650. the insurance agent also told me that they could take a bronze policy much less coverage than they currently have for $900, still $250 a month higher than they'd have to pay. but the out-of-pocket costs then was much higher, much more difficult for the family. she said, we're being forced tououtof a good policy which wey for with hard-earned money and which we choose into a dangerous financial health care situation with less coverage and which puts my husband and i, who are proud of our sustainability, on to what we consider the welfare rolls by needing a government subsidy to afford a plan that we don't want or neesmed t need. to say that we're angry is an understatement. we feel helpless. what are we supposed to do, just follow like sheep until we're either bankrup
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Nov 18, 2013 7:00pm EST
. the senate wants to push new sanctions and tougher sign shins on iran that the obama administration is warning could derail the whole talks so the plan for the republicans was to push those sanctions on this bill but you know on friday leadership aides were suggesting there wouldn't be enough time to finish the defense bill and have a vote on the sanctions. senators vitter held up a bill last week over his obamacare is minutes saying that reed was trying to turn his villains escape and said there wouldn't be enough time. >> another issue is sexual assault in the military. that is likely to come up as part of the bill. who is leading the effort on that and how is expected to be handled during the debate? >> military sexual assault has been a very vocal issue this year we do have democrats on both sides leading the charge. senator kristin gillibrand is prosecuting cases outside the chain of command. the measure has the support of 47 senators including republicans like ted cruz and rand paul as well as most women democrats in the senate. it suppose how or by senator claire mccaskill as
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Nov 10, 2013 9:00pm EST
. and this is nothing that is extremely frustrating. and i think that we saw that the recent -- v. obama administration when hillary clinton was secretary of state you write about this that she confronts the pakistanis on this and says to the senior leadership behind closed doors at the meetings that why would you -- putting articles in the newspaper we know that you are fueling this anti-american sentiment. it was missed because of her efforts to carry forward the bill providing, you know, 7 billion in u.s. civilian assistance to pakistan over a perko of five years which is a huge deal to getting a bill passed through to congress and then as soon as it was passed you had a great deal of criticism that seemed to be coming from the pakistani military circles because they were not happy that the military aid was going to be conditioned with the whole aid package. so what is it, counterintuitive -- >> look, here's the thing. here's why the word misunderstanding is in the title of my book. i could "magnificent delusions: pakistan, the united states, and an epic history of misunderstanding." the reason why
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Nov 12, 2013 2:00pm EST
reason -- to deny president obama his constitutional right to appoint judges. the d.c. circuit is currently operating with a really bad ratio. we have three vacancies on this very important court. for the republicans mao to claim that we don't need 11 judges is a little strange, because that isn't what they said when president bush was president, and he needed these vacancies filled. they were failed. they happily filled the nienl, tenth, and 11th seats on the d.c. circuit the same seat that president obama so aseeks to fill today, even though the court had a smaller caseload, significantly smaller caseload at the time. judge roberts was one who was appointed to the d.c. circuit court during protect's term. republicans have blocked two exceedingly qualified female nominees to the d.c. circuit court, hall began and patricia millett. in the last five years, five men have been confirmed to the d.c. circuit, one woman. today the senate has an opportunity to help shape a court that better reflects our country. so i hope that they will not block another qualified female nominee for p
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Nov 17, 2013 6:30pm EST
that barack obama can learn from george bush, both positive and negative. the primary one i suggested was the first principle of politics, which is that in politics, you must define or be defined. it's a lesson that was either lost on this administration, or deliberately ignored by this administration, and it was ultimately the undoing of this past administration. thing about this for a second. when president bush entered the white house in early 2001, the perception by so many of him -- and perception being reality in politics -- was that he was young, untested, naive, to the point of ignorant, not ready for primetime. dick cheney, on the other hand, was cool, calm, collected, wise, tested, the adult supervision that george bush desperately needed. that was how they went in. look how they came out eight years later? george bush was the man who lied and thousands died. dick cheney was evil incarnate. why? because neither of them did anything to try to offset the redefinition that would come from their critics. i say this because when you think of ronald reagan you think of a man who i
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Nov 23, 2013 6:00am EST
at 9:00 eastern on c-span. earlier this week president obama awarded the presidential medal of freedom to 16 people at the white house. the nation's highest civilian honor. recipients include former president bill clinton, oprah winfrey and gloria steinem. we will have the ceremony sunday at 10:35 eastern on c-span. >> this weekend booktv is live in florida for the miami book fair international. coverage kicks off today at 10:00 eastern on c-span2 with dave barry, brad meltzer, continues with appearances by lawrence wright, doris kerns goodwin and scott burr, plus call ins with cheri thing, peter baker and susan herman. sunday's coverage starts at 10:dirty and includes marc halpern, bill payers and chris matthews. the miami book fair international live this weekend on booktv on c-span2. don't forget to weigh in on our november book club question, what e-book are you reading on jfk? post your thoughts on our book club chat room. booktv.org/bookclub. >> this week in american history tv looks back at the assassination of jfk and its aftermath with eyewitness accounts, scenes from the pres
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Nov 4, 2013 8:30pm EST
to the republicans help them out. on this point about cancellations president obama said if you like your plan you can keep it. the corporate media's running around telling people that he lied, president obama lied. these people like having a plan like the lady said earlier that had a lifetime cap on that yearly caps and things of that nature. they apparently, corporate media knows that these individual people got cancellations. i'm one of those people that did not like those plans. you paid for something he didn't get anything that. >> host: eric brings up the subject of the president's statements several times over the years, something that glenn kessler of the fact checker column of the "washington post" looked at in game for president a four pinocchio rating on his statement. if you like your health care plan you will be able to keep your health care plan and no one will take it away no matter what. julia the? >> guest: the president has been walking up back. he said the vast majority people who have health insurance that works you can keep it so to eric's point some of these plans were not th
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Nov 12, 2013 7:00pm EST
adjourned until bill clinton today said president obama should find a way to help people pete -- people keep their health insurance plans even if they don't meet the requirements. the current president should quote on her the commitment the federal government made to those people and made them keep what they got. as we said earlier the sun and again consideration of legislation dealing with compounding pharmacies that mix ingredients to make custom made it medications. last year 64 people died of meningitis after receiving contaminated medicine. inspections found unsanitary conditions at the pharmacy. in september the passed a bill to regulate compounding pharmacies. here's a look at some of today's senate debates. >> first of all madam president, i ask unanimous consent that nathan brown at detailer on my staff consideration of h.r. 320 for the drug quality and security act. >> without objection. >> i ask unanimous consent the benjamin friedman freedman of my staff be granted for privileges for the duration of today's session. >> without objection. >> madam president, i have high hopes of t
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